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Stark County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Dean Franchuk, right, and Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy attend a meeting Tuesday in Watford City to discuss Oil Patch law enforcement needs.

Grants to fight crime can't pay for more officers


WATFORD CITY -- Oil Patch law enforcement will have access to $16.6 million in grants to fight crime in rapidly growing communities, but the dollars can't be used for one of the things sheriffs say they need most -- more officers.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem met with sheriffs, police chiefs and other officers Tuesday in Watford City to outline how the dollars will be awarded.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.